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Weber Gas Grills Are Tops

Recently, I read an article from an authoritative source that had nice things to say about a whole bunch of Weber gas grills. Sadly, I am not allowed to identify the source and I cannot quote directly from the article.

Dumb, right?

But I’m pretty sure that based upon my own personal, extensive knowledge of Weber gas grills plus the information I learned in this article, I can tell you that the following are really awesome Weber gas grills that you should consider buying over competitive grills. Trust me.

Weber Spirit II E-210

Weber Spirit II E-210

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Nathan’s Jumbo Foot Long Beef Franks

Nathan's Jumbo Foot Long Beef Franks with matching buns

In late Summer 2017, I saw Nathan’s Jumbo Foot Long Beef Franks at a local supermarket and wanted to try them. Problem was there was only one package left, it was past its expiration date, and the store didn’t sell buns long enough for these hot dogs, anyway.

View of the beef franks in the packaging

Fast forward to June 6, 2019. I’m shopping at Safeway and see these hot dogs again. Nearby, there’s a display of matching Nathan’s Extra Long Hot Dog Buns. Bingo! I’m taking these suckers home! Continue reading Nathan’s Jumbo Foot Long Beef Franks

Heinz Organic Ketchup Wins Taste Test

Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup at Costco

In their June/July 2019 issue, Cook’s Country magazine named Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup as their favorite ketchup among eight varieties in a recent taste test.

The panel tasted each ketchup by itself and on French fries. They described the taste of Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup as “lively”, “familiar”, and “perfectly balanced”. They said the ketchup looked “thick”, “smooth”, and “glossy”.

Following Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup in the ratings were, in order: Continue reading Heinz Organic Ketchup Wins Taste Test

Weber Prices Going Up 1/1/19

Weber Genesis II S-435

Weber is raising prices on most of its products effective January 1, 2019. Rumor has it that the rising cost of steel is the driving force behind these increases.

Prices will be going up on Weber Summit ($100-$200), Genesis II ($50), and Q gas grills ($10-$20). However, there will be a $50 price drop on Spirit II gas grills, so if you’re in the market for a Spirit, waiting to buy until after the New Year will save you a few bucks.

There will also be price increases on all charcoal grills and accessories, except for the high-end  Summit Charcoal Grill and Summit Charcoal Grilling Center.

Bottom Line: There’s no better time than now to buy Weber products and save money!

2019 Weber Genesis II Gas Grill Changes

October 1 marks the new model year for Weber grills, and the 2019 model year brings some significant changes to the Genesis II product line.

The Genesis II line is now two years old, and you will remember that it consists of open-cart grills called “Genesis II” and enclosed-cabinet grills with high-end features called “Genesis II LX”.

For 2019, the “LX” designation goes away, but there will still be open-cart and enclosed-cabinet designs. However, the 2-burner and 6-burner grills are being discontinued, leaving only the 3- and 4-burner models. If you want a 2-burner grill, you’ll have to buy a Spirit II grill, and if you want a 6-burner gasser, it’s a Summit grill for you.

Other changes include the return of the dedicated Sear Station burner on select models, a feature that was discontinued in 2016.  All Genesis II grills will now feature stainless steel Flavorizer bars. There are also three “SE” grills that include beefier 9mm stainless steel rod cooking grates and a built-in handle light.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Genesis II S-435 4-burner grill with Sear Station burner and side burner. This grill retails for $1,199. Continue reading 2019 Weber Genesis II Gas Grill Changes

Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce Wins Cook’s Country Taste Test

Bull's-Eye Original BBQ SauceIn a recent episode of Cook’s Country on PBS (Season 11, Episode 4), Bull’s-Eye Original BBQ Sauce was named the winner of their barbecue sauce taste test.

(Interestingly, this review first appeared in the July/August 2017 edition of Cook’s Country magazine before being recycled on the television show over a year later in Fall 2018.)

Twenty-one staff members sampled seven top-selling U.S. barbecue sauces at room temperature plain and as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers, and mixed into warm pulled pork. Tasters evaluated sweetness, tomato flavor (all sauces were tomato-based), smoke flavor, spiciness, and tanginess. They also considered the consistency of each sample, ranging from thin and runny to thick and gelatinous. Continue reading Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce Wins Cook’s Country Taste Test

Weber FlameCheck: The Forgotten Safety System

Sherman, set the WAYBAC machine to 1985…

In that year, Weber introduced their first rectangular-shaped, stand up gas grills: The Genesis 1, 2, and 3. A few years later, Weber introduced two high-end versions of these grills: The Genesis 4 and 5. These two grills featured upgrades like stainless steel Flavorizer bars, pin-striped paint on custom gray- and mauve-colored lids, a matching porcelain enameled serving tray, the Steam-N-Chips smoker box accessory, and on the Genesis 5 an enclosed storage area with glass doors.

Another feature that both Genesis 4 and 5 grills shared was the FlameCheck Safety System. FlameCheck was carried over to the second-generation Genesis 4000 and 5000 grills introduced in the early 1990’s.

Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill
Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill

FlameCheck was a unique safety system that monitored the flame on the #1 front burner and cut-off the gas supply to the grill if the #1 burner went out. (Remember, these grills had three burners running left to right across the grill, with the control panel on the right side, and the #1 burner being the front, primary burner that was always lit first.)

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USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco

Over the past few years, Costco Warehouse stores have been offering more and more high quality USDA Prime beef. Where I live in Northern California, it’s even becoming common to find a small selection of USDA Prime beef cuts in supermarkets like Safeway.

USDA Prime tri-tip roast from Costco

One Costco cut of beef I like to splurge on occasionally is USDA Prime tri-tip roast. I have grilled the USDA Choice version of this cut for many years and have always enjoyed how easy it is to cook and how juicy and delicious it is. A lot of that flavor and moisture comes from the fat that is marbled throughout the meat. Those qualities are enhanced further when you choose the Prime version of tri-tip. Continue reading USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco

2018 Weber Product Catalog Now Available

2018 Weber Product Catalog front & back cover

The 2018 Weber Product Catalog is now available. It contains fewer pages than previous years, smaller product photos, condensed content, and relies more heavily on comparison tables for details. Registered forum members at The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board can download the 2018 Weber Product Catalog using this link.

Spirit II E-310 LP in blue

In a post last September, we reported on the new gas grills featured in this catalog, namely the all-new Spirit II entry-level grills in black/red/sapphire/ivory and minor additions to the Genesis II line. There are no changes to the charcoal grill line-up that we’re aware of.

New accessories for 2018 include:

Weber 8829 Ceramic Grilling Stone

8829 Ceramic Grilling Stone – $50

Weber 7425 Wok for Gourmet BBQ System

7425 Wok for Gourmet BBQ System – $55

7137 LP Tank Cover

7137 LP Tank Cover – $10

New Weber Gas Grill Warranty: 10 Years, All Parts

100% Weber Guarantee: 10 Years on all parts

Effective October 1, 2017, Weber upgraded its warranty on Genesis II and Summit gas grills, now covering all parts for 10 years. This coverage is offered retroactively on Genesis II grills purchased since January 1, 2017 and offered on Summit grills purchased October 1, 2017 or later.

All Genesis and Summit models purchased before these dates are not covered by this new warranty.

It’s our understanding that the newly redesigned Spirit II gas grills just now coming to market and purchased after October 1, 2017 will also get this upgraded warranty, and Spirit models purchased before that date will not.

What’s in the fine print? Weber.com says that all parts are covered for 10 years “excluding normal wear and tear and subject to additional terms and conditions in the warranty”.

What will those “additional terms and conditions” be? Will Weber be generous or strict in their interpretation of “normal wear and tear”?

Only time will tell.